According to the country’s Minister of Information, Sen. Nigel Carty, while providing an update on recent decisions of Cabinet, the theme recognizes the well-being of St. Kitts and Nevis’ children and the stability of families as central to the overall social and economic prosperity.
This year’s activities are being spearheaded under the chairmanship of Permanent Secretary Ms Sharon Rattan, and to date the planning of activities and events has been progressing at a satisfactory pace.
It was also disclosed that the dates for a number of activities have had to be shifted, given how they fall in the week. It was explained that National Heroes Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and which this year falls on a Sunday, will be celebrated on Monday 17thSeptember 2012 and that day will be declared a public holiday.
Also, because Monday September 17 will be declared National Heroes Day, the traditional Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Memorial Park at St. Paul’s on that day, instead of 16th September, the actual official Heroes Day.
The State Service will this year take place on Sunday 16th September. No information however was released on which church will be given the honour to host the event.
This will be the 29thAnniversary of National Independence for the twin island state of St. Kitts and Nevis which attained independence on 19th September, 1983, with Dr. Sir Kennedy Simmonds becoming the nation’s first Prime Minister. He was at the time the leader of the PAM/NRP Coalition government that had entered office in 1980.